John Sentamu

John Sentamu is the current Archbishop of York. The Archbishop of York’s office made available this biography:

“John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was born into Uganda’s Buffalo clan on the 10th June 1949.

He is the sixth of thirteen children. Encouraged in his education by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He practised Law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974.

He read theology at Selwyn College Cambridge where he gained a Masters Degree and a Doctorate. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, then part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. Following his ordination in 1979 he served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge. From 1979-1982 he was Chaplain at HM Remand Centre Latchmere House and Curate of St Andrew’s, Ham in the Diocese of Southwark.

From 1982-1983 he was Curate of St Paul’s Church, Herne Hill, in South London and from 1983-1984 Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill and Parish Priest of St Matthias Upper Tulse Hill. He then became Vicar of the joint benefice of Holy Trinity and St Matthias from 1984-1986. Between 1987 and 1989 he was also Priest-in-Charge of St Saviour Brixton Hill.

He was appointed Bishop for Stepney in 1996, Bishop for Birmingham in 2002 and Archbishop of York in 2005. He is Primate of England and Metropolitan, a member of the House of Lords and a Privy Councillor.

From 1997 to 1999, Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and he chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review, 2002. He has been the chairman of the NHS Haemoglobinopathy Screening Programme since 2001. He supported and advised workers affected by the closure of the Rover car plant in Birmingham and campaigned against guns, knives, drugs and gangs throughout the Midlands, after the killings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare and worked hard to ensure that their killers are brought to trial. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Chairman of the EC1 New Deal. He became President of Youth for Christ in 2004 and President of the YMCA in April 2005.

Dr Sentamu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His interests include music, cooking, reading, athletics, rugby and football. He is married to Margaret, and they have two grown-up children, Grace and Geoffrey and two grown-up foster children”.

William Markham

William Markham was the 76th Archbishop of York, serving in the role from 1776 until 1807.

Markham was born in April 1719 and baptised in Cork, the eldest of four children of Major William Markham and Elizabeth Markham. He was educated at Westminster School and then Oxford University before taking a lectureship in rhetoric. He became the headmaster of Westminster School from 1753 until 1764, and in that time he became the Chaplain to George II in 1756.

Markham was appointed to the archbishopric of York in December 1776 and enthroned in January 1777. He served in the post until his death in November 1807, when he died at his house in South Audley Street, London. His body was interred at Westminster Abbey near to his late brother’s grave in the cloisters.

In an obituary in the York Herald published shortly after his death, it was noted that “in his person the Archbishop of York was tall and graceful, in his manners and address, extremely dignified; and in his conversation, instructive, entertaining, and lively; it is but justice to his memory to assert that he passed an honourable life in the service of his King, his country, and the church, with the additional lustre of every soicial and private virtue”.

Archbishops of York

Archbishops of York

York became an archbishopric in 735, and there have also been different ways of counting the number of Archbishops, so there is some variation in the numbering based on these different methods.

1 Paulinus 626-633
[Vacant from 633 to 664]
2 Chad 664-669
3 Wilfrid 664-678
4 Bosa 678-706
5 John of Beverley 706-714
6 Wilfrid II 714-732
7 Ecgbert 732 766
8 Æthelbert 766-780
9 Eanbald I 780-796
10 Eanbald II 796-808
11 Wulfsige 808-834
12 Wigmund 834-854
13 Wulfhere 854-c.896 Fled the Danes in 872, returned in 873
14 Æthelbald 900-c.916 Sometimes known as Æthelbeald, Athelbald, or Ethelbald
15 Hrotheweard c.916-931 Sometimes known as Lodeward
16 Wulfstan I 931-956
17 Oskytel c.958 971 Translated from Dorchester. Also known as Oscytel
18 Edwald 971 Also known as Edwaldus or Ethelwold
19 Oswald 971-992 Held both the sees of York and Worcester. Canonised
20 Ealdwulf 995-1002 Held both the sees of York and Worcester
21 Wulfstan II 1002-1023 Held both the sees of York and Worcester until 1016. Also known as Lupus
22 Ælfric Puttoc 1023-1041 Held the sees of York and Worcester 1040-41. Ejected from both in 1041
23 Cynesige 1051-1060 Also known as Kynsige
24 Ealdred 1061-1069 Held the see of Worcester 1046-61, of Hereford 1056-60, and of York 1061-69.
25 Thomas I 1070-1100 Also known as Thomas of Bayeux
26 Gerard 1100-1108 Translated from Hereford
27 Thomas II 1109-1114
28 Thurstan 1119-1140 He was elected in 1114, but wasn’t consecrated until 1119
29 William FitzHerbert 1143-1147 Deposed by Pope Eugene III. Canonised in 1226
30 Henry Murdac 1147-1153 Formerly Abbot of Fountains Abbey
(29) William FitzHerbert 1153-1154 Restored by Pope Anastasius IV. Canonised in 1226
31 Roger de Pont L’Evêque 1154-1181 Formerly Archdeacon of Canterbury
32 Geoffrey Plantagenet 1191-1212 Formerly Bishop-elect of Lincoln. Elected Archbishop in 1189, but was only consecrated in 1191
33 Walter de Gray 1216-1255 Translated from Worcester
34 Sewal de Bovil 1256-1258 Formerly Dean of York
35 Godfrey Ludham 1258-1265 Formerly Dean of York. Also known as Godfrey Kineton
36 Walter Giffard 1266-1279 Translated from Bath and Wells
37 William de Wickwane 1279-1285
38 John le Romeyn 1286-1296 Also known as John Romanus
39 Henry of Newark 1298-1299 Formerly Dean of York
40 Thomas of Corbridge 1300-1304
41 William Greenfield 1306-1315
42 William Melton 1317-1340
43 William Zouche 1342-1352 Also known as William de la Zouche
44 Cardinal John Thoresby 1353-1373 Translated from Worcester. Created a Cardinal in 1361
45 Alexander Neville 1374-1388 Translated to St Andrew’s in 1388
46 Thomas Arundel 1388-1396 Translated from Ely; later moved to Canterbury
47 Robert Waldby 1397-1398 Translated from Chichester
48 Richard le Scrope 1398-1405 Translated from Lichfield
49 Henry Bowet 1407-1423 Translated from Bath and Wells
50 Cardinal John Kempe 1426-1452 Translated from London; created a Cardinal in 1439
51 William Booth 1452-1464 Translated from Lichfield
52 George Neville 1465-1476 Translated from Exeter
53 Lawrence Booth 1476-1480 Translated from Durham
54 Thomas Rotherham 1480-1500 Translated from Lincoln
55 Thomas Savage 1501-1507 Translated from London
56 Cardinal Christopher Bainbridge 1508-1514 Translated from Durham; created a Cardinal in 1511
57 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey 1514-1530 Translated from Lincoln in 1514; created a Cardinal in 1515
58 Edward Lee 1531-1544 Translated from St David’s
59 Robert Holgate 1545-1554 Translated from Llandaff
60 Nicholas Heath 1555-1559 Translated from Worcester
61 Thomas Young 1561-1568 Translated from St David’s
62 Edmund Grindal 1570-1576 Translated from London; later moved to Canterbury
63 Edwin Sandys 1577-1588 Translated from London
64 John Piers 1589-1594 Translated from Salisbury
65 Matthew Hutton 1595-1606 Translated from Durham
66 Tobias Matthew 1606-1628 Translated from Durham
67 George Montaigne 1628 Translated from Durham
68 Samuel Harsnett 1629-1631 Translated from Norwich
69 Richard Neile 1632-1640 Translated from Winchester
70 John Williams 1641-1650 Translated from Lincoln
– Vacant 1650-1660
71 Accepted Frewen 1660-1664 Translated from Lichfield
72 Richard Sterne 1664-1683 Translated from Carlisle
73 John Dolben 1683-1686 Translated from Rochester
74 Thomas Lamplugh 1688-1691 Translated from Exeter
75 John Sharp 1691-1714 Formerly Dean of Canterbury
76 Sir William Dawes 1714-1724 Translated from Chester
77 Lancelot Blackburne 1724-1743 Translated from Exeter
78 Thomas Herring 1743-1747 Translated from Bangor; later moved to Canterbury
79 Matthew Hutton 1747-1757 Translated from Bangor; later moved to Canterbury
80 John Gilbert 1757-1761 Translated from Salisbury
81 Robert Hay Drummond 1761-1776 Translated from Salisbury
82 William Markham 1776-1807 Translated from Chester
83 Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt 1808-1847 Translated from Carlisle
84 Thomas Musgrave 1847-1860 Translated from Hereford
85 Charles Thomas Longley 1860-1862 Translated from Durham; later moved to Canterbury
86 William Thomson 1862-1890 Translated from Gloucester
87 William Connor Magee 1891 Translated from Peterborough
88 William Dalrymple Maclagan 1891-1908 Translated from Lichfield
89 Cosmo Gordon Lang 1909-1928 Translated from Stepney; later moved to Canterbury
90 William Temple 1929-1942 Translated from Manchester; later moved to Canterbury
91 Cyril Forster Garbett 1942-1955 Translated from Winchester
92 Arthur Michael Ramsey 1956-1961 Translated from Durham; later moved to Canterbury
93 Frederick Donald Coggan 1961-1974 Translated from Bradford; later moved to Canterbury
94 Stuart Yarworth Blanch 1975-1983 Translated from Liverpool
95 John Stapylton Habgood 1983-1995 Translated from Durham
96 David Hope 1995-2005 Translated from London
97 John Sentamu 2005-present Translated from Birmingham